At Markundal, Slain Youth’s Family Is Pained

BANDIPORE: As voting was going on at Markundal village of Bandipore, the family of a youth, who was killed allegedly by govt forces in 2012, said they ‘feel pained’ after witnessing people polling.

Firdous Ahmad Ganaie, 17, was killed in the wee hours of June 30, when 13 Rashtriya Rifles personnel fired at him outside his home.

“They, the people, had done commitment with us when Firdous achieved martyrdom but now they are voting which hurts and pains us,” said the mother of Firdous.

Abdur Rehman Ganaie, uncle of Firdous said they will not vote but also can’t stop others from voting. “What can we do?”

The mother of Firdous still remembers that day when her son was killed and gets haunted after seeing men in uniform. “Today morning when Border Security Force (BSF) troops passed through our compound, I shivered and fell unconscious,” she said.

The two polling stations established in the area witnessed brisk polling till 11:30. Out of 1481 votes, 597 were polled in first 4 hours. There was a festive look in and around polling station with people sipping ‘Noon Chai’ or salt tea along with BSF personal. The people including women were in long queues.

Interestingly, Firdous's family had casted votes in 2008 Assembly polls, soon after more than 60 people were killed in Amarnath agitation. “We were unaware about others pain that time. But when our own son was killed, we realized the pain,” said Ghulam Nabi Ganai, the father of Firdous.

Firdous's mother said they preferred not to vote during recently held Parliamentary polls. “But, at that time, National Conference workers stoned our house and damaged one of its portions,” she alleged.

“Last night I saw my son in dream and do you think I will vote,” she said, while wiping off her tears.

A man, who casted vote at Markundal polling station, said: “We know the boy was killed by army but a local informer had also role in his killing. We can’t blame army alone.” (GNS

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